Michael J. Watza
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
Michael J. Watza is co-chair of the Governmental and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups at Kitch, a full-service law firm based in Detroit. His practice provides litigated, legislative, and regulatory solutions on behalf of municipal, health care, and private sector clients concerning legislation, complex litigation, governance issues, telecommunications (including cable and cell towers), energy, and insurance.
Watza has managed multiple legislative initiatives, represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts across Michigan, and attended to regulatory matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Tax Tribunal, Department of Labor and Economic Growth, and the Federal Communications Commission.
He has represented clients in the halls of the Michigan Legislature and Congress through negotiation, drafting, and testimony regarding legislation on issues including energy, transmission line siting, telecommunications, pipeline regulation, the formation of intergovernmental authorities, and tort reform.
Watza serves as general counsel to PROTEC and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan. He is a member of the NATOA National Board, the Michigan Gaming Control Board, and Covenant House Central School Board in Detroit. He is chair of the Novi EDC, chair of Attorney Grievance Commission Grievance Panel #9, immediate past chair of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, council member of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Technology Committee.
- Communications Law and Policy
(Formerly DCL 588) Examines the regulatory regimes governing the major modes of communications in the United States, including wireline telephony, wireless telephony, the internet, broadcast and cable. Particular attention will be given to the economic rationales for and critiques or regulation. Readings and class assignments will focus on current legal and regulatory debates in communications policy to provide students with a practical introduction to regulatory law.